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            === Buccaneers work overtime to finish off Panthers ===
 
 Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman found Dallas Clark down the left
 sideline  for  the deciding  touchdown to  lift the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers to a
 27-21 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
 
 Freeman  finished  the game 25-for-46  passing for 248 yards, three touchdowns
 and  two interceptions.  Vincent Jackson had six catches for 94 yards and Doug
 Martin  carried  the ball  24 times for  138 yards, including  48 yards on the
 decisive drive for the Bucs (6-4), who have won four straight.
 
 "All wins are satisfying, but this one was fun," said Tampa Bay coach Greg
 Schiano. "It is rewarding to those guys. It is so hard to win in the National
 Football League, every win is great."
 
 Cam  Newton was  16-for-29 passing for 252 yards and a touchdown while Brandon
 LaFell  caught  five passes for  93 yards and a  score for the Panthers (2-8),
 losers in two straight and seven of their last eight.
 
 "This is as bad as it gets. We had every opportunity to win," said Carolina
 coach Ron Rivera. "Wen you have an opportunity to close it out with a four-
 minute offense you can't take negative plays and unfortunately we did. You
 have an opportunity to stop them and for whatever reason you don't recognize
 the formation and don't make the play.
 
 Trailing  21-13 with  just 1:02  left  in regulation,  Freeman orchestrated  a
 7-play,  80-yard  drive to tie  the game. Freeman  found Jackson up the middle
 for  a  17-yard completion  to put the  ball at the  Carolina 24. Freeman then
 spiked  the ball to  stop the clock, and on the next play found Jackson in the
 end zone for a touchdown.
 
 Freeman  then turned  back to Jackson for the two-point conversion to knot the
 game at 21-21 to force overtime.
 
 Three  consecutive runs by  Martin to open up the overtime period put the ball
 at  the Panthers' 41 and Freeman found Mike Williams for a 13-yard completion.
 Following  two more  Martin rushes and a 4-yard completion to Jackson, Freeman
 tossed  it to  the sure-handed  Clark for  the game-winning  15-yard touchdown
 pass.
 
 Clark's  defender tripped  on the play and  the tight end waltzed into the end
 zone untouched.
 
 After  a three-and-out on  their first touch the Bucs were forced to punt, but
 Captain  Munnerlyn fumbled  on the  return and  Tampa Bay  capitalized on  the
 miscue  six  plays later when Freeman  found Nick Byham for a 3-yard touchdown
 reception.
 
 Freeman  dropped back and the pocket immediately collapsed, but Freeman tossed
 it  to the  back of the end zone  and Byham seemingly came out of no where and
 made the catch to give Tampa Bay the early 7-0 lead.
 
 Connor  Barth's  51-yard field  goal gave  the Buccaneers  a 10-0 cushion with
 5:21 left in the first quarter.
 
 Munnerlyn  made up for his special teams blunder and picked off Freeman before
 returning  it 74 yards for a touchdown. Freeman was wrapped up by two Carolina
 defenders and was being dragged down when he threw the ill-advised pass.
 
 Stewart's  1-yard  touchdown run  capped an  8-play, 77-yard  drive to put the
 Panthers  up  14-10 with  8:53 left  in the second.  Earlier, Newton hit Steve
 Smith  for a  17-yard catch-and-run on 3rd-and-2  to put the ball at the Tampa
 11.  The Bucs were  then flagged for pass interference on 3rd-and-10 to set up
 Stewart's plunge.
 
 Justin  Medlock  missed a  40-yard field goal  at the 2:42  mark in the second
 quarter that would have extended the Panthers' lead to seven points.
 
 The  Bucs  had an opportunity to  take a 17-14  lead early in the fourth after
 getting  inside  the Panthers'  10-yard line, but  Martin fumbled on 4th-and-1
 resulting in a touchback for Carolina.
 
 Martin  broke the first  tackle, but the ball came lose just before he crossed
 the goal line.
 
 The  Panthers  went up 21-10 when  Newton found LaFell for a 29-yard touchdown
 pass.  Earlier, Newton  found  LaFaell for  a 20-yard  gain  before a  17-yard
 completion to Smith got the ball down to the Tampa 29 before dialing up LaFell
 on the next play for the score.
 
 The  Bucs kept their  hopes alive with Barth's 40-yard field goal to cap a 10-
 play, 58-yard drive.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Freeman  has thrown at least two touchdowns in six straight games ... The last
 time  Tampa  Bay won  four straight  was the  2008 season  ... Carolina is 1-3
 against NFC South opponents this season.
 
 11/18 20:54:18 ET